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Here's How To Spend A Fulfilling Day Trip In Melaka, Malaysia

Discover history and culture

Largely recognised as the historical hub of Malaysia, Melaka was one of the earliest trade powerhouses in the Malay Archipelago. The kingdom came to life when a prince from a neighbouring country arrived, and the rest, they say, is history. Today, Melaka is a popular tourist destination for foreign and local visitors alike, thanks to the abundance of historical sights and, of course, amazing food. Read on for a list of Melaka’s best-kept secrets.


Do yourself a favour and check into any of the revamped Peranakan houses that now serve as hotels and guest houses to experience authentic Peranakan living. These homes are usually built with rooms around a central courtyard where families used to gather for meals or activities. We would recommend Hotel Puri, 5 Heeren or The Baba House for an interesting stay. These accommodations are usually fitted with traditional decor, furniture and artwork to preserve Peranakan culture for future generations.

By now you must be wondering, what is Peranakan? They are people born from Chinese immigrants who married into local Malay communities and have a unique culture and language that equally reflects their Chinese and Malay heritage. Melaka also experienced occupations from various foreign powers which resulted in the gorgeous architecture and historical monuments scattered throughout the city, ideal for the history buff and the curious mind.


If you visit Melaka and miss out on the famous fort, did you really visit Melaka at all? There are several landmarks from the occupations that have survived to this day and have been converted into cultural centres, museums or simply tourist attractions such as A’Famosa, Stadthuys, Christ Church, and St. John’s Fort.


After exploring the western side of history, duck into the cool interior of the Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum to discover Peranakan culture through elaborate woodwork, porcelain goods, and furniture displayed as though you were in a real home. Be sure to head on over to the Melaka Sultanate Palace Museum as well to learn more about the origins of Melaka, how it was founded and how it prospered through the centuries.


No visit to Melaka is complete without savouring every little bit of local food your appetite can handle. Be it authentic nyonya fare, chicken rice balls, satay celup, or a cooling cendol, there’s something for everyone along Jonker Walk with hidden gems studded all across the tiny city, proving that size really doesn’t matter.


For those who prefer to fall back into nature before heading back to the big city, stop by a Klebang Beach for a reprieve with coconut shake in one hand and a book in the other. If you prefer a little more green instead of blue, head on over to Malacca Botanical Gardens instead, popular for picnicking, walking and cycling.

(Cover photo from: @wanderchu)

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